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The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements.

In carrying out this mission, the Department administers a variety of Federal labor laws including those that guarantee workers' rights to safe and healthful working conditions; a minimum hourly wage and overtime pay; freedom from employment discrimination; unemployment insurance; and other income support. (DOL's mission statement)

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edsol44  
#1 Posted : Saturday, December 22, 2018 10:22:38 AM(UTC)
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Hello,

I am a injured federal employee that has been on full compensation since 2011, I originally lived in Pittsburgh PA, but moved to Nashville TN in 2016. I have had multiple back surgeries and neck surgery with now complications. My PCP recommended I see a Neurosurgeon for my work injuries. The doctor he referred was from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and I was denied care because they will not accept Federal Workers Compensation Insurance because of medical billing complications even with authorization from OWCP to see this doctor. I have also called around to doctors doing business with Tri Star Medical Center, St. Thomas Medical Partners and Tennessee Orthopedic Associates which all of them refused to provide care because of medical billing complications. I have been told that I can not get care using my Federal Blue Cross Blue Shield either when the care is related to my work injury. That Pain Management facility (Comprehensive Pain Specialist closed their doors on 7/31/2018) which I was getting care but now they are no longer in business. I also used the provider list on the DOL OWCP website which I made multiple calls to providers only to find out the provider list is obsolete and I found not one provider that will take OWCP insurance. I contacted my claims examiner and told him my situation and advised him that I may need to get care from the Emergency Room being no providers in Tennessee will accept Federal OWCP insurance. In my PCP's last narrative to OWCP on a medical review he also noted the denial and suggested I return to Pittsburgh for additional care related to my work injury. Any suggestion or advise, as I know the disease from the work injury is progressing and not getting care does not allow me to get the medical documentation necessary, or the care to battle the disease.

I am sure I am not the only federal employee with an injury dealing with medical provider denial. Federal Government is suppose to provide us care if injured but they have made it so difficult that now the medical providers are refusing care due to lack of payment. Very Concerned for our future care.
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#2 Posted : Tuesday, December 25, 2018 6:51:43 AM(UTC)

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Try the Federal Wrokers' Comp board (further down in this forum) for some suggestions here. This particular board mainly focuses on employment policy, etc. WITHIN the Department of Labor.

Edited by user Tuesday, December 25, 2018 6:52:43 AM(UTC)  | Reason: clarify

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#3 Posted : Tuesday, December 25, 2018 3:07:41 PM(UTC)
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Here is the link to the Federal Workers Comp forum that Ed referenced:
https://forum.federalsou...t.aspx?g=topics&f=10
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